Workplace Trends Revolutionising The Office Environment – Guest Blog by Ruby Clarkson

office environmentWorking environments have evolved dramatically over the years. Traditional closed-plan offices have been replaced with innovative, flexible working spaces that utilise various smart technologies designed to boost productivity. There has also been significant progress to make office buildings more sustainable and many companies are taking steps to create greener operations and workplaces. With that in mind, here are some of the key workplace trends revolutionising the office environment today.

Green working environments

Fears over the state of our planet are growing and scientists warn that there will be irreversible environmental damage unless immediate action is taken. In response to this, consumers are becoming more environmentally-conscious and seeking to reduce their carbon footprint by supporting sustainable brands. Businesses are taking advantage of this trend and improving their green credentials by setting sustainability targets and creating eco-friendly working environments. One way that companies are reducing carbon emissions is by having solar panel systems installed on the roof of their commercial properties. This enables businesses to generate their own source of renewable energy while reducing electricity costs and improving their brand image. Other companies are constructing offices from recycled materials such as old shipping containers. Transforming unused shipping containers is an affordable and eco-friendly way to create a unique and functional office space for your business.

Hot desking systems

Flexible working environments has risen in popularity and many modern companies now incorporate hot desking in the workplace. Generally speaking, hot desking is an organisational system where workstations are used by multiple employees on an ad hoc basis. This means that employees work at different desks in the office, rather than being allocated a permanent work station. Hot desking can offer several benefits to both businesses and their employees. One of the main advantages of hot desking is that it allows for greater flexibility in the workplace. Employees can choose a desk that suits their work tasks and preferences on a particular day. Having this freedom can boost employee engagement and increase productivity levels. Hot desking also encourages social interaction and collaboration between different teams in the workplace. On a practical level, a hot desking system allows employers to maximise space efficiency and cut overheads by reducing redundant office space. Many companies are recognising the benefits of hot desking and the system is being introduced in various workplace settings including private offices and co working spaces.

Open plan offices

Traditional closed-plan offices and separate cubicles are being ditched in favour of open-plan office layouts. An open office environment encourages communication and collaboration in the workplace and allows employees more flexibility to move around the office based on activity. This helps to create a more positive company culture when staff members feel supported and valued. Removing physical barriers also results in cost-savings, as businesses can maximise available office space and create additional workstations for employees. Fortunately, creating an open-plan office design can be achieved  fairly easily while ensuring minimal disruption to your business operations. You can refer to online blog posts and articles for tips on a successful transition from closed offices to open plan.

Smart offices

The concept of smart offices has become extremely popular in recent years. A smart office is a workplace where modern technology is utilised to help employees perform work tasks smarter, better, and faster. Many companies are now using smart software to automate various work processes and tasks. Smart technology is also being used to connect employees and enhance communication in the workplace. For instance, cloud services allow employees to access, share, and edit documents remotely. This has created an office environment that encourages collaboration, creativity, and higher levels of productivity. Smart office solutions boost workplace efficiency and allow managers and employers to focus on expanding business operations and innovating. Smart technology can also be utilised by businesses to reduce overhead costs and increase revenue potential.

Conclusion

New technology has revolutionised modern office environments. Over the years, work spaces have become more efficient and sustainable in several ways. Flexible working systems, smart technology, and open-plan layouts have been introduced in an attempt to boost employee engagement and productivity. Plus, companies are taking steps to boost their brand reputation by creating greener office environments that focus on minimising waste and reducing harmful emissions. Technology is constantly advancing and it is clear that office environments will continue to evolve over the years and become smarter, greener, and more efficient.

 

Sources

S Jones Containers, https://www.sjonescontainers.co.uk/

What is a Smart Office?, IOT Space, https://www.iotspace.co.uk/blog/2018/7/20/what-is-a-smart-office

Office Design Trends in 2020, Oktra, https://www.oktra.co.uk/insights/office-design-trends-in-2020/

The Advantages of an Open Plan Layout, Absolute Commercial Interiors, https://www.absoluteci.co.uk/blog/the-advantages-open-plan-office-layout#:~:text=Advantages%20of%20the%20open%20plan,a%20space%20based%20on%20activity.

The Transition From Closed Offices to Open Plan, Allsteel https://www.allsteeloffice.com/insights/research/transition-closed-offices-open-plan-0

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01Oct2020